It's predicted that by 2018, 70% of Minnesota's jobs will require some sort of postsecondary education or training, but currently only 40% of working-age adults in Minnesota have a postsecondary degree. To address this ever-pressing issue, The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota and Greater Twin Cities United Way hosted the Three Keys to Completion: Higher Education, Business Leadership, and Community-Based Workforce Services seminar on March 27. This was the second in a series of workforce development seminars, and was focused on the role nonprofit-community college partnerships play in increasing completion rates and the overall success of low-income adult students. Maureen Conway, Executive Director of the Economic Opportunities Program at the Aspen Institute, presented key findings from Aspen's Courses To Employment (C2E) project, which focused on how adult students can achieve education and employment goals through the coordinated work of community institutions, and the positive impact that it has on a region's overall economic competetiveness.
The seminar, held at the Wilder Center in St. Paul, was well-received and sparked continued conversation within the community. Ms. Conway's PowerPoint presentation and other materials from Three Keys to Completion can be found on this page. Greater Twin Cities United Way and The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all who attended, and look forward to hosting another seminar again in the fall.
The materials used in the seminar are listed below.